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Undergraduate Research

The very best indication that a student is prepared for graduate school or the profession of Geology is the successful completion of a research project. Undergraduate research is not required for Geology majors, but it is certainly recommended. This is, after all, one of the benefits of being a student at a research university. Successful completion of such a project may qualify the student for departmental honors upon graduation.

Here is a list of some recent undergraduate research projects. This list is not complete and can be expected to grow through time. It is included to provide some examples.

Marci Lauth (in process) – Examination of carbonate and siliceous lake and spring deposits from the Green River Formation (Prof. Tim Lowenstein).
Ben Drexell (in process) – A study of Cambrian stromatolites from Fossil Sea Gardens (Prof. Tim Lowenstein).
Ryan Capobianco (in process) – A study of sedimentology and fluid inclusions of Trona from Lake Magadi (Prof. Tim Lowenstein).
Mark Ziminsky (2009) – Participated in two research cruises in the seas surrounding Taiwan centered around ocean-bottom seismometer deployment and retrieval, and contributed to bathymetric data processing (Prof. Francis Wu).
Joshua Sandberg (2004) – "A quantitative study of the water content in layered and chain silicates" (Prof. David Jenkins).  This work was presented at the 12th Annual Honors Day and Undergraduate Showcase, April 23rd, 2004.
Maria Fokin (2001) – "A study of the effects of changes in P-T and bulk composition on the triple chain structure of clinojimthompsonite" (Prof. David Jenkins). This research  helped establish the background for a future NSF grant.
Susan deLeonardo (2000) – "Senior Thesis: A wavelet analysis of the Markowitz wobble" (Prof. Steve Dickman). A novel form of data analysis was used to elucidate the properties and, more important, the possible causes of this small, enigmatic 30-year perturbation of Earth's rotation axis.

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Last Updated: 6/14/11